Anything to do with Fratelli Fresh and you're in for a treat. I've been a regular patron of their restaurants since Andy Bunn's appearance and still am long after he has left. I've also made it no secret how much I adore French food. It's rich and decadent, it's vibrant, produce drive. When those two collide, it's a match made in heaven. Cafe Nice is the recent inception of the gourmet produce providore after several successful Cafe Sopra chains.
You'll be making a fair few decisions here as the menu is decked out with surprisingly affordable dishes. You'll have some fun trying to guess what the french words mean in English although the waiting staff are more than happy to help you.
You might get a little distracted, though, with the beautiful dining area, complete with wooden tiling, paintings and a smart choice in plenty of mirrors to help the natural lighting along and give a very relaxed casual ambience. You also can't miss the views of Sydney Harbour Bridge, ferries checking out at the end of the day along with the occasional train going by at eye level à la metro. You know you've hit the right place. With Quay's views constantly covered up by giant flippin' cruiser, it doesn't really get better than this.
When you do decide, you'll slowly realise the subtle injection of Italian elements courtesy of Fratelli Fresh's other restaurant, Cafe Sopra's influence. It's a smooth transition that doesn't feel jarring at all, especially when the countries are so close to each other. Tiramisu, mozarella, gnocchi, risotto, pappardelli and polenta all make guest appearances here. I don't really mind here, it's the taste I'm after, not the authenticity.
|Ratatouille Niçoise with slow cooked egg 18|
|Poulet rôti for two with confit garlic, herbs, carrots an radishes 56|
|Chou-fleur with saffron gratin 10|
|Chocolate noir mousse with cocoa nib brittle 14.5|
|Berry and lemon curd mille feuille 14.5|
You aren't paying a premium for semi-decent bridge side views and the prices are very reasonable. I love this place like a Frenchman loves his croissants. I'm assuming that's a lot. Seriously, I can't get enough of this place and although it's a bit premature, it'll certainly on my favourite list of restaurants this. Nice one, Fratelli Fresh you've done it again, I'm smitten. With a return trip inevitable, anyone want to come with?
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